Balance is an essential part of everyday movement. We need appropriate balance to be able to stand and walk without falling over, and to stabilise ourselves in different lighting or challenging environments.
It is important to retrain balance because in most instances balance can improve with the right therapy, intensity and tools and you can enjoy a better quality of life, prevent falling and stay active with less support for longer.
Balance retraining can be advised by a physiotherapist, but it is a neurological physiotherapist who will be able to provide additional expertise in this area due to our additional training in neuroscience, systems control and knowledge of the brain, spinal cord, reflexes, nerves and the inner ear itself.
The body’s balance system works through a constant process of position detection, feedback and adjustment using communication amongst the inner ear, eyes, muscles, joints and the brain. The inner ear, or vestibular system, acts to detect angular movements of our head and where gravity is so we can stand straight. This information is combined with our vision and somatosensory systems (specifically in the feet, hands and neck) to provide our brain with the most accurate and up to date information.
Our knowledge allows us to critically diagnose your movement problem, and help tease out the specific problems that are affecting your balance.